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Should I use the highest shutter speed for regular shooting?

It depends on what you mean by "highest". If you have enough light, then the first thing you should do is to reduce the ISO setting to the minimum, so that you can get as much light as possible on ...
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Can I trigger a 2.5mm shutter release port using the audio out jack on a PC?

Since the other answers suggesting using an interface such as triggertrap don't address the specific question to your satisfaction: No, this is very, very unlikely to work. Despite the plugs being ...
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How do selfie sticks integrate with digital cameras?

Unfortunately, selfie sticks are manufactured with very different designs one from another and with very wide range of standards (i.e. you can get worthless garbage or overbuilt luxury), so it is ...
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Should I use the highest shutter speed for regular shooting?

No. If you have a faster shutter speed, you must be either increasing the aperture or the ISO to compensate. Both of those have effects on your photos, which may or may not be what you want: for ...
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Why does my Canon 600D take pictures in live mode but not in viewfinder mode?

It seems like you have mirror lockup enabled. The first full press of the shutter button will cause the mirror to move up (just as it does before taking a normal photo using the viewfinder) but the ...
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How can I set a shutter speed slower than 30s on my Nikon D5200?

Put it in Manual (M) mode and roll the wheel until it shows 'Bulb' on the display. Press and hold the shutter button for the desired length of time. You don't need a remote, but it helps to prevent ...
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Should I use the highest shutter speed for regular shooting?

You should base your decisions for shutter speed, aperture, and ISO, on your artistic needs, so that you achieve a correct exposure, the amount of bokeh/sharpness you desire, and low noise. See What ...
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What are the specifications for a mini-jack shutter cord?

I happened across a link in a comment by @ysap in an obliquely related question I surfed into.
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Why does my shutter makes two sounds?

Make sure you don't have live view on. Live view is a camera mode where you are able to view the camera's current POV much like the eyepiece, except that you are able to simulate your exposure ...
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Can I trigger a 2.5mm shutter release port using the audio out jack on a PC?

Yes, you can but you need an opto-isolator I've built a few cable releases for Canons, from a simple pushbutton to a USB (via a USB-RS232 dongle) trigger, to one triggered off a burglar alarm PIR ...
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How can I set a shutter speed slower than 30s on my Nikon D5200?

While you can use the Bulb mode and press the shutter release button, the button presses are likely to cause unwanted camera shake, even on the sturdiest tripod. I use and recommend an intervalometer ...
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Why does my shutter makes two sounds?

It always make two sound (four, to be precise). The first (pair) one is a mirror hitting upper limit (and shutter opening) to free the path to the sensor and the second (pair) one is the mirror ...
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Why does my shutter makes two sounds?

It sounds like you might have the two-second timer enabled. When you press the shutter button the mirror moves up. Then two seconds later the camera takes the picture. This is a useful feature when ...
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Will holding down a DSLR's built-in flash damage the pop-up mechanism?

This will vary from one camera maker to the next, and perhaps from different camera models within the same brand.¹ Built-in popup flashes are, for the most part, spring loaded. There is always ...
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Shutter button full-press on Powershot SX700 HS: immediate shot without autofocus

You need to keep the button half pressed. The setting is not locked when you push half way. If you let go, the system believes you decided not to take the photo or the lock was no good (maybe it ...
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What are the specifications for a mini-jack shutter cord?

It is not just Canon bodies. Almost every brand of camera that uses a mini-stereo jack has the exact same pinout: The tip is the full press wire, the middle is the half press wire, and the base is the ...
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Does shooting video decrease the life of a DSLR more than taking photos?

I think there is some urban myths regarding this, and that this has to do with the CCD/CMOS debate some time ago. CCD sensors really heated up so much that they cannot record video. The technology ...
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Does shooting video decrease the life of a DSLR more than taking photos?

I do not think that there is a good answer to this without knowing the exact camera model and how it was used. For example, shooting video might exercise the mirror and shutter less, but may cause ...
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Should I use the highest shutter speed for regular shooting?

In general, the answer is "no" for the reasons explained in detail in the other answers given. In the typical situation the main focus should be on aperture as Rafael explains. But there are ...
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Why does my film advance lever release the shutter when I let it go?

It's probably what we call "broken". It sounds like the shutter release mechanism might be stuck in the release-it-now position.
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Can I use bulb mode for long exposures without having to hold down the shutter button?

You can, for very little money, build your own wired remote control, eg. by following these instructions, or any others that a google search for "canon diy remote" brings up. This remote has a ...
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Can I use bulb mode for long exposures without having to hold down the shutter button?

You don't need to buy a wireless remote — you can buy a wired remote. For just a trigger button with a lock (to hold the button down), you can find 3rd party wired shutter releases for under $10 US, ...
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What are the downsides of the Olympus Anti-shock Shutter Release (electronic front curtain shutter) on the M10 Mark ii?

Electronic front curtain is different from an electronic shutter. An electronic front curtain simply de-energizes the entire sensor and then it turns on to start the image recording. The image ...
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Does the Pentax K1000 have a sensor for a remote shutter release?

It's not so much a sensor as a mechanical connection — no electronics are involved — but the shutter button has a screw socket for a shutter release. See a video demonstrating this with a K1000 on ...
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How do I speed up button-to-picture for Canon XTi (400D)?

Shutter lag of the XTi Measurements by Luk at doc-diy.net show this camera has an average* 116mS lag without mirror lockup, and a 66mS lag with mirror lockup. Fast pinewood derby cars travel about 10 ...
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How do I speed up button-to-picture for Canon XTi (400D)?

I think that you are doing most if not all of the right things to ensure that you are capturing the image in camera as fast as possible. The obvious ones you have done; turn off AF and use manual mode....
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Should I use the highest shutter speed for regular shooting?

Is it a good practice if I always use the highest shutter speed for regular shooting? It is not a good practice always doing the same thing. It is not a recipe. In my humble opinion I rarely think ...
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Should I use the highest shutter speed for regular shooting?

Since we all desire that our image is a winner, we want high acuity. This is an aperture that is (as a rule of thumb) 2 f/stops down from max. Thus the best ISO and shutter speed setting for general ...
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How to set the viewfinder information display timer on a Canon 70D?

Some upper tier Canon cameras allow you to set the length of time the viewfinder display remains active when no buttons are pressed. A quick look at the EOS 70D Instruction Manual indicates this is ...
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Can I use bulb mode for long exposures without having to hold down the shutter button?

Yea... you can check out ebay or any local shop that sells camera equipment. You get wired remotes with a display screen that lets u take extremely long exposures (ranging from few seconds to 99 hours)...
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